Traffic Crash Kills Lincoln City Woman

Oregon State Police are continuing their investigation into a single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred off Highway 101 about three miles south of Depoe Bay.

On the morning of March 19th, a witness traveling south on Highway 101 reported a car passed their vehicle at a high rate of speed, traveling off the highway and through a wide turnout where it went off a cliff. The vehicle was spotted resting approximately 250 feet below on rocks near the surf line.

Emergency responders from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Depoe Bay Fire District, Pac West Ambulance, and Oregon State Police responded and confirmed the vehicle contained a deceased adult female who was ejected. A rope rescue team were called to reach the victim below. The Coast Guard responded with a helicopter and boat resources to help. Their helicopter moved the victim up to the highway.

The victim is identified as 23-year-old Adriana Star Ruiz from Lincoln City. OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are leading the investigation with the assistance of members of the interagency Lincoln County Crash Team. ODOT also assisted at the scene. No lanes were closed but several emergency response vehicles and personnel were at the scene until clearing for about 4 hours.

This entry was posted on Thursday, March 20th, 2014 and is filed under Local News, State News.